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Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension – Philippines

New for 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration has implemented a new visa option for tourists to the Philippines, the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension. The LSVVE is available to temporary visitors coming to the Philippines for business, pleasure, or for reasons of health. This visa allows a foreign traveler  to the Philippines to stay for a six-month period.  Whereas previously, tourists could only apply for two-month visa extensions at a time, this will allow foreigners more flexibility and convenience in planning longer stays in the country.

How long can I stay in the Philippines with an LSVVE?

The LSVVE allows a foreign visitor to obtain permission to stay in the country for 6 months. Additional LSVVE visas can be obtained in succession upon expiry, so that a foreign national can stay in the Philippines for up to 16 months. Additionally, with the approval of the Commissioner, a stay of 16 to 24 or 36 months is possible, depending on the nationality of the visitor.

Who may obtain a long-stay visitor visa extension?

Foreigners of all nationalities can avail of the LSVVE.

Long-stay visa extension in the Philippines FAQs

Who can obtain long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?

Foreign nationals who hold Temporary Visitor’s Visa but are planning on staying in the Philippines for more than 59 days must apply for tourist visa extension for 1, 2 or 6 months with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at least one week prior to expiration of visa.

What are the requirements for long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?

The requirements for obtaining a long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines are as follows:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Application Form (TVS-CGAF-VE-2016)
  3. Sworn Statement for overstaying/updating of stay of more than six months

How to apply for long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?

You can apply for a long-stay tourist visa extension by submitting all the requirements personally to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration or hiring an accredited agency to process the application on your behalf.

What is the process for applying long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?

The process for applying long-stay tourist visa extension at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) is as follows:

  1. Visit BI’s main/satellite office and bring all requirements
  2. Acquire a queuing number and wait for your number to be called
  3. Proceed to assessment of fees
  4. Pay fees
  5. Wait for your visa extension to be released
Disclaimer: Immigration laws in the Philippines may change without prior notice. New updates on eligibility for visa application, documentary requirements, processing timelines, length of validity of visa, and other information related to your visa application may arise any time. We recommend that you consult with our Immigration and Visa Specialists to stay up-to-date.

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